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The Cisco Firepower Management Center increases the effectiveness of your Cisco® network security solutions by providing centralized, integrated, and streamlined management.

Product overview

The Cisco Firepower Management Center (formerly FireSIGHT Management Center) is the administrative nerve center for select Cisco security products running on a number of different platforms. It provides complete and unified management of firewalls, application control, intrusion prevention, URL filtering, and advanced malware protection. The Management Center is the centralized point for event and policy management for the following solutions:

     Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)

     Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services

     Cisco Firepower Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS)

     Cisco FirePOWER Threat Defense for ISR

     Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)

The Cisco Firepower Management Center provides extensive intelligence about the users, applications, devices, threats, and vulnerabilities that exist in your network. It also uses this information to analyze your network’s vulnerabilities. It then provides tailored recommendations on what security policies to put in place and what security events you should investigate.

The Management Center provides easy-to-use policy screens to control access and guard against known attacks. It integrates with advanced malware protection and sandboxing technology, and it provides tools to track malware infections throughout your network. It unifies all these capabilities in a single management interface. You can go from managing a firewall to controlling applications to investigating and remediating malware outbreaks with ease.

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Figure 1.           

Centralized Policy, Event, and Device Management

Enterprise-Class Management

The Cisco Firepower Management Center discovers real-time information about changing network resources and operations. You get a full contextual basis for making informed decisions (see Figure 1). In addition to providing a wide breadth of intelligence, the Management Center delivers a fine level of detail, including:

     Trends and high-level statistics. This information helps you understand your security posture at a given moment in time as well as how it’s changing, for better or worse

     Event detail, compliance, and forensics. These provide an understanding of what happened during a security event. They help improve defenses, support breach containment efforts, and aid in legal enforcement actions

     Workflow data. You can easily export this data to other solutions to improve incident response management

Features and benefits

Feature

Benefit

Unified management of multiple security functions across multiple solutions

Facilitates the centralized management of the Cisco security environment, including:

  Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewall (NGFW)
  Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services
  Cisco Firepower NGIPS
  Cisco FirePOWER Threat Defense for ISR
  Cisco AMP

Integrated policy management over multiple security functions

Configures firewall access, application control, threat prevention, URL filtering, and advanced malware protection settings in a single policy

Eases policy administration, reduces errors, and promotes consistency

Enables a single policy to be deployed to multiple security solutions

Integrated access policy control with Cisco Identify Services Engine

Controls access based on ISE security group tag, device type and location IP, and rapid threat containment

Helps enforce compliance, enhance infrastructure security, and streamline service operation

Superior threat intelligence

Integrates Cisco Talos Group’s security, threat, and vulnerability intelligence for up-to-minute threat protection

Addresses new attack methods with both IP-based and URL-based security intelligence

Includes Cisco Umbrella for threat visibility outside the network perimeter

Enables ingestion and correlation of threat intelligence from third-party threat feeds and threat intelligence platforms in STIX/TAXII or flat file formats

Application visibility and control

Further reduces threats to your network with precise control of more than 4000 commercial applications

Uses the open-source standard Open App ID for detailed identification and control over custom applications

Multitenancy management and policy inheritance

Creates up to 50 management domains with separate event data, reporting, and network mapping, enforced through role-based access control

Implements consistent and efficient management through its policy hierarchy structure, with each level inheriting policies above it

Reporting and dashboards

Provides the visibility you need through customizable dashboards with custom and template-based reports

Delivers comprehensive alerts and reports for both general and focused information

Displays event and contextual information in hyperlinked tables, graphs, and charts for easy-to-use analysis

Monitors network behavior and performance to identify anomalies and maintain system health

Secure boot

Secure boot is a mechanism to validate the integrity of Cisco software running on the FMC hardware as your system boots. If a signature is missing or software is invalid, it will not load and boot will fail. (FMC 1000, FMC 2500. FMC 4500 only)

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Figure 2.           

Single Policy for multiple security functions

Exceptional visibility and insight

You can’t protect what you can’t see. The Cisco Firepower Management Center automatically collects, collates, and displays contextual information about everything running in your environment. Table 1 illustrates the breadth of contextual awareness provided into threat vectors that more traditional security technologies do not detect. This critical insight into your network is available for use in your protection policies and gives you a level of protection that other solutions cannot.

Table 1.          Full stack visibility

Category

Cisco Firepower Management Center

Typical IPS

Typical Next-Generation Firewall

Threats

Yes

Yes

Yes

Users

Yes

Yes

Yes

Web applications

Yes

No

Yes

Application protocols

Yes

No

Yes

File transfers

Yes

No

Yes

Malware

Yes

No

No

Command-and-control servers

Yes

No

No

Client applications

Yes

No

No

Network servers

Yes

No

No

Operating systems

Yes

No

No

Routers and switches

Yes

No

No

Mobile devices

Yes

No

No

Printers

Yes

No

No

VoIP phones

Yes

No

No

Virtual machines

Yes

No

No

Vulnerability information

Yes

No

No

Management before, during, and after an attack

The Cisco Firepower Management Center provides unified management across the entire “attack continuum”—before, during, and after an attack.

Before

     Provides exceptional visibility into what is running in your network so you can see what needs to be protected

     Creates firewall rules, and controls how more than 4000 commercial and custom applications are used in your environment

During

     Defines the intrusion prevention levels, URL reputation rules, and advanced malware protection pieces to be put in place

     Applies policies such as: “When network traffic is coming from this country using this particular application with a file attached, I will apply this level of intrusion inspection and analyze the file for malware, and even send it to the integrated sandbox, if necessary”

After

     Generates a graphical representation of all the devices the attack has infected

     Provides the ability to easily create a custom rule to stop the attack from advancing

     Gives a detailed analysis of the malware to safely remediate it

Automated Security for Dynamic Defense

The Cisco Firepower Management Center continually monitors how your network is changing. It streamlines operations and improves your security by:

     Automatically correlating new attack events with your network’s vulnerabilities to alert you to attacks that may have been successful. Your security team can focus on those events that matter the most

     Analyzing your network’s vulnerabilities and automatically recommending the appropriate security policies to put in place. You can adapt your defenses to changing conditions and implement security measures tailored specifically to your network

     Correlating specific events from network, endpoint, intrusion, and security intelligence sources. You’re alerted if individual hosts show signs of compromise from unknown attacks

     Applying file policy criteria. If those are met, it automatically analyzes the file to identify known malware and/or sends the file to an integrated sandbox to identify unknown malware

Open APIs for Easy Integration

The Cisco Firepower Management Center makes integration with third-party technologies possible through four powerful, feature-rich application programming interfaces. The APIs provide connection points for:

     Moving event data from the Management Center to another platform, such as a Security Information and Event Management (SIEM) solution

     Enhancing the information contained in the Cisco Firepower database with third-party data. Such data might include vulnerability management data or operating system information from active scanners

     Kicking off workflows and remediation steps that are activated by user-defined correlation rules. You could, for example, integrate your workflow with a Network Access Control (NAC) solution to quarantine an infected endpoint or initiate a digital forensic process

     Supporting third-party reporting and analytics by enabling those solutions to query the Management Center database

These APIs are also used to integrate with a number of Cisco security products and workflows. These include Cisco AMP Threat Grid for sandboxing; the Cisco Identity Services Engine for identity data and network segmentation; and Cisco Umbrella for Internet-wide domain visibility.

Threat Intelligence Director

The Threat Intelligence Director will soon be available in an upcoming release of the Cisco Firepower Management Center. Using open APIs, the director facilitates the ingestion of third-party threat intelligence from sources such as threat feeds and Threat Intelligence Platforms (TIPs). The director supports the ingestion of Structured Threat Information Expression (STIX) and the Trusted Automated Exchange of Indicator Information (TAXII) or select, flat (unformatted) file formats. The Threat Intelligence Director deconstructs the ingested intelligence into observables (IoCs), including IP (IPv4, IPv6), domain, URL, and SHA-256. These are published to Cisco security appliances, which can automatically block malicious activity inline or monitor the network for rapid response.

The Threat Intelligence Director operationalizes available threat intelligence with the following Cisco security appliances:

     Cisco Firepower NGFW

     Cisco Firepower NGIPS

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Figure 3.           

Threat Intelligence Director Integrates Third-Party Security Intelligence

To see the latest list of third-party cyber threat intelligence and TIP partners, visit the Cisco Technical Alliance Partners Listing.

Deployment options

The Cisco Firepower Management Center can be deployed as a physical or virtual appliance, or from the cloud (Table 2). You can choose which options work best for your environment. The physical appliances generally manage a higher number of sensors and provide greater event storage capabilities than their virtual counterparts. The virtual appliances provide the convenience of being able to use your existing VM infrastructure. You can also use cloud computing services to host the Management Center. These services can help you manage security without your having to invest in computing power and database storage. And they will give you the flexibility to scale quickly as needs change.

When using Threat Intelligence Director on NGFWv, for optimal performance, we recommend installing 15 GB memory on the host hardware. For FMC versions supported please visit the current release notes at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/security/defense-center/products-release-notes-list.html.

Table 2.             Deployment options

Deployment Platform

VMware ESX and ESXi hypervisors

KVM hypervisor

Amazon Web Services cloud platform

Platform specifications

There are a number of Cisco Firepower Management Center models. Choose the one that’s right for your organization based on the number of sensor appliances to be monitored (both physical and virtual), the number of hosts in your environment, and the anticipated security events rate (see Table 3). All models provide the same management capabilities, including:

     Centralized device, license, event, and policy management

     Role-based management (segmented and isolated views and duties based on administrator role or group)

     Customizable dashboard with custom and template-based reports

     Comprehensive reporting and alerts for both general and focused information

     Event and contextual information displayed in hyperlinked tables, graphs, and charts

     Network behavior and performance monitoring

     Robust high-availability options to help ensure there’s no single point of failure

     Correlation and remediation features for real-time threat response

     Open APIs for integration with third-party solutions and customer work streams, such as firewalls, network infrastructure, log management, SIEM, trouble ticketing, and patch management

Table 3 compares the capacities and throughputs of available Cisco Firepower Management Center appliances, both physical and virtual.

Table 3.             Cisco Firepower Management Center Models

Performance and Functionality

FMC 1600

FMC 2600

FMC 4600

FMCv

Maximum number of sensors managed

50

300

750

25*

10

2

Maximum IPS events

30 million

60 million

300 million

10 million

Management interface

Two built-in RJ-45 SFP+ ports; Support for 1000 Mbps, 1 Gbps, and 10 Gbps; The primary management port is eth0. You can use eth1, eth2, and eth3 as secondary management or event ports.

-

USB Ports

Tow USB 3.0 Type A

-

VGA Ports

One 3-row 15-pin DB-15 connector; Enabled by default

-

SFP ports

Two fixed SFP+ ports

-

Supported SFP+

SFP-10G-SR (10 GB)

SFP-10G-SR (10 GB)

SFP-10G-LR (10 GB)

SFP-10G-SR (10 GB)

SFP-10G-LR (10 GB)

-

Memory

32 GB

64 GB

128 GB

RDIMMs (Internal component only; not field replaceable)

Two 16-GB DDR4-2400-MHz DIMMs

Four 16-GB DDR4-2400-MHz DIMMs

Eight 16-GB DDR4-2400-MHz DIMMs

CPU

One Intel Xeon 4110 processor

Two Intel Xeon 4110 processors

Two Intel Xeon 4116 processors

Event storage space

900 GB

1.8 TB

3.2 TB

250 GB

Maximum network map size (hosts/users)

50,000/50,000

150,000/150,000

600,000/600,000

50,000/50,000

Maximum flow rate (flows per second)

5,000 fps

12,000 fps

20,000 fps

Varies*

Network interfaces

2 x 1 Gbps

2 x 1 Gbps RJ45 onboard

2 x 10 Gbps SFP+ (order SFPs via Cisco Commerce Workplace)

2 x 1 Gbps RJ45 onboard

2 x 10 Gbps SFP+ (order SFPs via Cisco Commerce Workplace)

-

Secure boot

Yes

Yes

Yes

-

Redundancy Features

Supports high availability

Yes

Yes

Yes

No

System power

Two 770-W AC power supplies; Hot swappable and redundant as 1+1

-

Power consumption

2626 BTU/hr

 

Storage

Ten 1.2 TB 10-K SAS HDDs RAID-1, hot swappable

Four 600-GB 10-K SAS SSDs RAID 5, hot-swappable

Ten 1.2 TB 10-K SAS HDDs RAID-6, hot swappable

-

RAID controller

One; The chassis has a dedicated internal riser for a PCIe-style Cisco modular RAID controller card. Internal component only; not field replaceable

-

Physical and Environmental

Form factor

1RU

1RU

1RU

-

Dimensions (D x W x H)

29.8 x 16.9 x 1.7 (75.7 x 43 x 4.3 cm)

-

Shipping weight

32.2 lb. (16.6 kg)

34.1 lb. (16.8 kg)

36 lb. (17.0 kg)

-

Watts (max)

770W

770W

770W

-

Power supply

100-240 VAC (nominal)

90-264 VAC (min/max)

9.5 amp max at 100 VAC

4.5 amp max at 208 VAC

100-240 VAC (nominal)

90-264 VAC (min/max)

9.5 amp max at 100 VAC

4.5 amp max at 208 VAC

100-240 VAC (nominal)

90-264 VAC (min/max)

9.5 amp max at 100 VAC

4.5 amps max at 208 VAC

-

Airflow

Front to back

Front to back

Front to back

-

Operating temperature

50 to 95°F (10 to 35°C)

-

* Note: 3 cost effective virtual FMC licensing options are available to manage 2, 5, or 25 sensors.

Virtual Cisco Firepower Management Center performance is highly dependent on the virtual environment chosen: CPUs, memory, storage, etc.

Shared features

     Integrated Lights-Out Management (LOM)

     Central management of Cisco next-generation security solutions: NGIPS, NGIPS plus application control, NGFW

Note:       When dealing with Cisco ASA with FirePOWER Services products, the Cisco Firepower Management Center manages only the FirePOWER portion of the deployment.

Table 4 lists the supported versions of Cisco Firepower products that the Management Center is able to manage, along with associated hardware platforms.

Table 4.             Supported firepower versions and their associated platforms

Management Platform

Software Revision Level

Hardware Platform

Cisco Firepower Management Center

Cisco Firepower Threat Defense 6.x (NGFW)

ASA 5500-X (except ASA 5585-X)

Cisco 2100 Series (min FMC 6.2.1)

Cisco Firepower 4100 Series

Cisco Firepower 9300

FirePOWER Services 6.x

ASA 5500-X

Cisco Firepower NGIPS 6.x

Cisco Firepower 7000

Cisco Firepower 8000

FirePOWER Threat Defense for ISR 6.x (Cisco Firepower Services)

4000 Series ISR

ISR G2

FirePOWER Services 5.4.x

ASA 5500-X

Cisco Firepower NGIPS 5.4.x

Cisco Firepower 7000

Cisco Firepower 8000

Hypervisor compatibility

The Cisco Firepower Management Center virtual appliance supports the following hypervisor types. For current versions supported and compatibility with FMC versions, visit the current release notes at https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/support/security/defense-center/products-release-notes-list.html.

Table 5.             Virtual appliance hypervisor support

Hypervisor

Version and Details

VMware vSphere

5.1, 5.5:, 6.0

  ESXi Server
  vCenter Server (optional)
  vSphere Web Client, vSphere Client, or OVF Tool for Windows or Linux

KVM

Ubuntu 14.04 LTS

Red Hat Enterprise Linux (RHEL) Version 7.1

Amazon Web Services

AWS Instance Types: c3.xlarge and c3.2xlarge

Ordering information

Licensing

Starting with version 6.0, license keys are no longer required to use the Cisco Firepower Management Center. Versions 5.4 and earlier will still require a Product Authorization Key (PAK) or smart key. Upgrading to version 6.0 will alleviate that need.

Cisco Smart Net Total Care support

The award-winning Cisco Smart Net Total Care technical support service gives your IT staff direct, anytime access to Cisco Technical Assistance Center (TAC) engineers and Cisco.com resources. You receive the fast, expert response and the dedicated accountability you need to resolve critical network issues.

Smart Net Total Care provides the following device-level support:

     Global access 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to specialized engineers in the Cisco TAC

     Anytime access to the extensive Cisco.com online knowledge base, resources, and tools

     Hardware replacement options that include 2-hour, 4-hour, and Next-Business-Day (NDB) advance replacement, as well as Return For Repair (RFR)

     Ongoing operating system software updates, including both minor and major releases within your licensed feature set

     Proactive diagnostics and real-time alerts on select devices with Cisco Smart Call Home

In addition, the Cisco Smart Net Total Care Onsite Service is an option that provides a field engineer who will install replacement parts at your location and help ensure that your network operates at the highest levels. For more information on Smart Net Total Care please visit: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/services/portfolio/product-technical-support/smart-net-total-care.html.

How to order

Table 6 provides ordering information for virtual and physical Cisco Firepower Management Center appliances and spare hardware. Please consult the Cisco Network Security Ordering Guide for additional configuration options and accessories.

Table 6.          Ordering information

Cisco Firepower Management Center (Hardware) Appliances

Part Number

Product Description

FMC1600-K9

Cisco Firepower Management Center 1600 Chassis, 1RU

FMC2600-K9

Cisco Firepower Management Center 2600 Chassis, 1RU

FMC4600-K9

Cisco Firepower Management Center 4600 Chassis, 1RU

Cisco Firepower Management Center (Hardware) Spare

FMC-M5-PS-AC-770W=

Cisco AC Power Supply 770W for FMC1600, FMC2600, FMC4600

Cisco Firepower Management Center (Software) Virtual Appliance

FS-VMW-SW-K9

Cisco Firepower Management Center, Virtual (VMware) Firepower License

FS-VMW-10-SW-K9

Cisco Firepower Management Center, Virtual (VMware) Firepower License, for 10 devices

FS-VMW-2-SW-K9

Cisco Firepower Management Center, Virtual (VMware) Firepower License, for 2 devices

To place an order, visit the Cisco ordering homepage.

Warranty information

Find warranty information on Cisco.com at the Product Warranties page.

Cisco services

Cisco offers a wide range of service programs to accelerate customer success. These innovative services programs are delivered through a unique combination of people, processes, tools, and partners, resulting in high levels of customer satisfaction. Cisco services help you protect your network investment, optimize network operations, and prepare your network for new applications to extend network intelligence and the power of your business. For more information about Cisco services for security, visit https://www.cisco.com/go/services/security.

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For more information

For more information, please visit the following links:

     Cisco Firepower Management Center

     Cisco Firepower Next-Generation Firewalls

     Cisco Firepower Next-Generation IPS (NGIPS)

     Cisco Advanced Malware Protection (AMP)

     Cisco FirePOWER Threat Defense for ISR

     Cisco Security Services

For information about Cisco Firepower in service provider environments, please visit: https://www.cisco.com/c/en/us/solutions/enterprise-networks/service-provider-security-solutions/.

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